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Quotes about the Internet: includes 100 quotations, funny Internet quotes, Internet sayings, famous quotes & quotes about World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee.


Quotes about the Internet are difficult to capture from a Cyber world of 50 billion webpages. This collection represents a history of the World Wide Web itself.

These quotes are from the inventors of the Internet, contributors to the technology, website developers, users, anthropologists and philosophers.

Each quotation represents a light on the map of Cyberspace.

"These are the voices of those who created and of those who use the World Wide Web. Each voice on the Web, no matter how small, speaks of this era to the next generation and says, 'quorum párs magna fui ' – ' in which I played a great part.' "

"Quotations are word innovations."

– Writer Fox™

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Tim Berners-Lee Quotes about the World Wide Web

Famous Internet Quotes

Funny Internet Quotes

Quotes About the Internet

Internet Sayings

Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the Internet

Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the Internet

"The invention of the Web was the Big Bang of the Internet."

– Writer Fox™

Tim Berners-Lee Quotations about Inventing the World Wide Web

"I invented the Web just because I needed it, really, because it was so frustrating that it didn't exit."

"The concept of the Web is of universal readership."

"The dream behind the Web is of a common information space in which we communicate by sharing information."

"The story of the growth of the World Wide Web can be measured by the number of Web pages that are published and the number of links between pages. The Web's ability to allow people to forge links is why we refer to it as an abstract information space, rather than simply a network."

"The Web took off in all its glory because it was a royalty-free infrastructure . . . When I invented the Web, I didn't have to ask anyone's permission. Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that that is going to end in the U.S.A. If we had a situation in which the U.S. had serious flaws in its Net Neutrality, and Europe did have Net Neutrality, and I were trying to start a company, then I would be very tempted to move."

"Universality has been the key enabler of innovation on the Web and will continue to be so in the future."

"Web applications will become more and more ubiquitous throughout our human environment, with walls, automobile dashboards, refrigerator doors all serving as displays giving us a window onto the Web."

"Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design."

"You affect the world by what you browse."

"There are converging web-related issues cropping up, like privacy and security, that we currently have no way of thinking about. Nobody has thought to look at how people and the web combine as a whole – until now [2009].”

– Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee Quotes about the World Wide Web

Tim Berners-Lee

(Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee)

For most people, use of the Internet was not possible until the invention of the World Wide Web.

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web at CERN, The European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland. He made the first successful hypertext communication on December 25, 1990. The first webpage went live on August 6, 1991.

In 1993, Berners-Lee wrote the first ad for the Web and published it on a German educational network.

Today, Berners-Lee is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Senior Researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), U.S.

Privacy of information and Net Neutrality are his concerns today. These are very recent quotations from Berners-Lee:

"The Web took off in all its glory because it was a royalty-free infrastructure . . . When I invented the Web, I didn't have to ask anyone's permission. Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that that is going to end in the U.S.A. If we had a situation in which the U.S. had serious flaws in its Net Neutrality, and Europe did have Net Neutrality, and I were trying to start a company, then I would be very tempted to move."

"A related danger is that one social-networking site – or one search engine or one browser – gets so big that it becomes a monopoly, which tends to limit innovation. As has been the case since the Web began, continued grassroots innovation may be the best check and balance against any one company or government that tries to undermine universality."

– Tim Berners-Lee

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Berners-Lee gave the following statements to New York Times reporter, Steve Lohr, at a 2009 technology symposium at the Embassy of Finland in Washington:

"I have worries about the Web, about the Internet, about any one, large party getting to control it. Because if you can control the Internet, if you can control the Web, if you can control what somebody sees, make it much easier to get into the website of one political party rather than another one, make it difficult for them to look at sites which are the wrong side from your point of view, then that's a very, very powerful tool."

"If you can spy on everything that I do, if you can spy on the clicks I make as I browse through the Web and what comes back, you know a lot more about me than if you had a camera set up permanently in my living room. It's very boring in my living room. But, when you see what I am anxious about, what I am querying for on the Web, and you know the types of cancer that people I know are suffering from, you might incorrectly conclude that I am suffering from that cancer and someone might be very tempted to up my insurance premiums."

– Tim Berners-Lee

Quotes about the Internet from Tim Berners-Lee

Quotes about the Internet from Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee Quotes on Net Neutrality

Quotes About Tim Berners-Lee

Eric Schmidt Quote
(Dr. Eric Emerson Schmidt)

"If this were a traditional science, Berners-Lee would win a Nobel Prize. What he's done is that significant."

– Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, Mountain View, CA, U.S.

Time Magazine Quotes

"Unlike so many of the inventions that have moved the world, this one truly was the work of one man . . . the World Wide Web is Berners-Lee's alone. He designed it. He loosed it on the world. And he more than anyone else has fought to keep it open, non-proprietary, and free . . . It's hard to overstate the impact of the global system he created. It's almost Gutenbergian. He took a powerful communications system that only the élite could use and turned it into a mass medium."

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Paul Allen

Paul Allen

John Perry Barlow

John Perry Barlow

Famous Internet Quotes

These famous Internet quotes are quotations from the significant movers and shakers of the World Wide Web. Each has a place in Cyber history.

Paul Garner Allen Quote

"Even before I helped to co-found Microsoft, I saw a connected future . . . I called that future The Wired World."

– Paul Gardner Allen, co-founder of Microsoft

John Perry Barlow Quotes

In 1996, John Perry Barlow used a term from a science fiction book to describe the Internet. He called it Cyberspace. Barlow published The Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace from Davos, Switzerland, on February 8, 1996. His manifesto has been published on more than 20,000 websites, garnering him the title of "the Thomas Jefferson of Cyberspace."

John Perry Barlow was a lyric writer for the Grateful Dead music group, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and is a Fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, U.S.

"I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather."

"We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before."

"We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity."

"The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops."

– John Perry Barlow

Larry Page, co-founder of Google

Larry Page, co-founder of Google

Vint Cerf

Vint Cerf

Larry Page and Sergey Brin Quote
(Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin and Lawrence Page)

"The Web is a vast collection of completely uncontrolled heterogeneous documents."

– Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google [This quote is from their 1994 Stanford University paper, The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine, which was the basis of their founding of the Google search engine.]

Vint Cerf Quote
(Vinton Gray Cerf )

"The Internet is based on a layered, end-to-end model that allows people at each level of the network to innovate free of any central control. By placing intelligence at the edges rather than control in the middle of the network, the Internet has created a platform for innovation."

"The remarkable social impact and economic success of the Internet is in many ways directly attributable to the architectural characteristics that were part of its design. The Internet was designed with no gatekeepers over new content or services."

"Science fiction does not remain fiction for long. And certainly not on the Internet."

"I'd like to know what the Internet is going to look like in 2050. Thinking about it makes me wish I were eight years old."

– Vint Cerf, co-creator of the Internet, IP protocols and The Internet Society (ISOC), new employee at Google with the title of Chief Internet Evangelist

The first computer mouse

The first computer mouse

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke Quote

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

– Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - 2008), British writer and inventor, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Doug Engelbart Quote
(Dr. Douglas Carl Engelbart)

"The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing."

– Doug Engelbart, inventor of the first computer mouse and part of the team that developed hypertext and networked computers

John Gage

John Gage

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Andy Grove

Andy Grove

John Gage Quote

"The Internet is not a thing, a place, a single technology, or a mode of governance. It is an agreement."

– John Gage, Director of Science, Sun Microsystems, Santa Clara, CA, U.S.

Bill Gates Quote
(William Henry Gates III)

"The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow."

"The Internet will help achieve 'friction-free capitalism' by putting buyer and seller in direct contact and providing more information to both about each other."

– Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, Redmond, WA, U.S.

John Gilmore Quote

"The Net [Internet] interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."

– John Gilmore, co-founder of The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), San Francisco, CA, U.S.

Lev Grossman Quote

"The new Web is a very different thing. It's a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter. Silicon Valley consultants call it Web 2.0, as if it were a new version of some old software. But it's really a revolution."

– Lev Grossman, writer for Time Magazine

Andy Grove Quotes
(Dr. Andrew Stephen Grove)

"Just as we could have rode into the sunset, along came the Internet, and it tripled the significance of the PC."

"I'm a great believer in particularly being alert to changes that change something, anything, by an order of magnitude, and nothing operates with the factors of 10 as profoundly as the Internet."

– Andrew Grove, co-founder of Intel, Santa Clara, CA, U.S.

Joi Ito Quote
(Joichi Ito)

"Consent of the Networked will become the seminal book firmly establishing the responsibility of those who control the architecture and the politics of the network to the citizens who inhabit our new digital world. Consent of the Networked should be required reading for all of those involved in building our networked future as well as those who live in it."

– Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab

Andrew Keen Quote

"The history of the Web so far says that we are highly motivated to come up with ways to make sense of a world richer and more interesting than the constrained resources of the traditional media let on."

– Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur: How the Democratization of the Digital World is Assaulting Our Economy, Our Culture, and Our Values

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch

Paul Saffo

Paul Saffo

Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt

Doc Searls

Doc Searls

Rupert Murdoch Quote
(Keith Rupert Murdoch)

"The Internet has been the most fundamental change during my lifetime and for hundreds of years. Someone the other day said, 'It's the biggest thing since Gutenberg,' and then someone else said, 'No, it's the biggest thing since the invention of writing.' "

– Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Managing Director, News Corporation, New York City, New York, U.S.

Paul Saffo Quote

"Each time you toss out a 'singing' greeting card, you are disposing of more computing power than existed in the entire world before 1950."

– Paul Saffo, Chairman Samsung Science Board, Consulting Professor School of Engineering at Stanford University, Fellow at Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Fellow at Institute for the Future

Eric Schmidt Quote
(Dr. Eric Emerson Schmidt)

"The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had."

"We [at Google] don't need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about."

"The Internet is fast becoming a cesspool where false information thrives."

"Brands are the solution, not the problem. Brands are how you sort out the cesspool."

– Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, Mountain View, CA, U.S.

Doc Searls Quote
(David Searls)

"The Net is the new underlying infrastructure for civilization itself."

– Doc Searls, former Sr. Editor of Linus Journal and fellow at the Center for Information Technology & Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.

Evgeny Morozov Quotes

Winner of the 2012 Goldsmith Book Prize and A New York Times Notable Book of 2011

"Morozov also demonstrates how the digital tools so useful to citizens in a free society can be co-opted by tech-savvy dictators, police states and garden-variety autocrats to spread propaganda and to track (and arrest) conveniently networked dissidents."

– New York Times, February 6, 2011

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Funny Internet Quotation

Peter Steiner Internet Quote

Peter Steiner Internet Quote

Funny Internet Quotes

Peter Steiner Quotes

"On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog."

– Peter Steiner, American cartoonist (Steiner published this caption to a cartoon in The New Yorker on July 5, 1993. It is the most reproduced cartoon ever to appear in the magazine.)

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Funny Internet Quotes

Funny Internet Quotes

Ken Olsen

Ken Olsen

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson

These funny Internet quotes trace the initial concept of the computer and time-travel through the early World Wide Web as the perception changed.

Thomas John Watson, Jr. Quote

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."

[said in 1943] – Thomas Watson (1914 - 1993), president of IBM from 1952 to 1971

Ken Olsen Quote
(Kenneth Harry Olsen)

"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home."

[Said in 1977 at the Convention of the World Future Society in Boston, Massachusetts.]
– Ken Olsen (1926-2011), co-founder and former President of Digital Equipment Corporation, which merged with Compaq in 1998 and with Hewlett-Packard in 2002

Bill Gates Quotes
(William Henry Gates III)

"640K ought to be enough for anybody."

– Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, Redmond, WA, U.S. [said in 1981]

Brian Hugh Warner Quote
(Marilyn Manson)

"The Internet is the trailer park for the soul."

– Marilyn Manson, American rock musician

John Stewart Quote

"The Internet is just a world passing around notes in a classroom."

– Jon Stewart, American comedian and author

Young-ha Kim

“The artistic desire reveals itself in dark form – in karaoke bars [or] trolling on the Internet.”

– Young-ha Kim, South Korean Novelist

Michael Anti

“Chinese national Internet policy is very simple: Block and clone.”

– Michael Anti, Chinese journalist and political satirist

Al Gore

Al Gore

Dan Quayle

Dan Quayle

Sergey Brin, co-founder of

Sergey Brin, co-founder of

Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

Al Gore Quote
(Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.)

"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet."

– Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President [He was referring to legislation in 1986 to interconnect five supercomputer centers. The first Internet servers had actually been hooked up seventeen years earlier.]

Dan Quayle Quote
(James Danforth Quayle)

"If Al Gore invented the Internet, I invented spell check."

– Dan Quayle, former U.S. Vice President [He is remembered for his famous misspelling of the word potato at a spelling bee for grade school students.]

Sergey Brin Quote
(Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin)

"The name was supposed to be 'Googol,' which is the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeroes. It was before the Google spellchecker existed."

– Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google with Larry Page

Marissa Ann Mayer Quote

"The prime reason the Google homepage is so bare is due to the fact that the founders didn't know HTML and just wanted a quick interface. In fact, it was noted that the SUBMIT button was a long time coming and hitting the RETURN key was the only way to burst Google into life."

– Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! and former VP and engineer at Google, Sunnyvale, CA, U.S.

Bill Clinton Quote
(William Jefferson Clinton)

"When I took office [in 1993], only the high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the World Wide Web . . . Now even my cat has its own [Web] page."

– Bill Clinton, former U.S. President

Professor the Lord Alec Nigel Broers Quote

"The Internet is like the wild west."

– Baron Alec Broers, Chairman of the U.K. House of Lords Science and Technology Committee

George D. Lundberg Quote

"Information on the Internet is subject to the same rules and regulations as conversation at a bar."

– George Lundberg, M.D., Editor-in-Chief

Betty White

Betty White





Betty White Quote
(Betty White Ludden)

"I didn't know what Facebook was, and now that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time. I would never say the people on it are losers, but that's only because I'm polite. Needless to say, we didn't have Facebook when I was growing up. We had phonebook, but you wouldn't waste an afternoon with it."

– Betty White, American actress, from her appearance on the U.S. television comedy show, Saturday Night Live

Bill Maher Quote
(William Maher, Jr.)

"Can we go back to using Facebook for what it was originally for – looking up exes to see how fat they got?"

– Bill Maher, American comedian

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers issued this statement:

"Facebook holds the distinction of being the unrivaled leader for online divorce evidence with 66 percent citing it as the primary source."

Clifford Stoll Quote

"If you don't have an e-mail address, you're in the Netherworld. If you don't have your own World Wide Web page, you're a nobody."

– Clifford Stoll, US astronomer, computer scientist and author

Jan Horsfall Quote

"AOL is like the cockroach left after the nuclear bomb hits. They know how to survive."

– Jan Horsfall, founder and CEO, formerly Vice President of Marketing for Lycos

Gene Alvarez

Gene Alvarez

Quotes About the Internet

The quotes about the Internet cover a range of viewpoints and perspectives. This collection of quotations is a cross-section of comments from people you will recognize.

Gene Alvarez Quotes

"Flash in the desert only works for Las Vegas. Website flash in cyberspace is only lost in the void."

"Gone are the days when organizations could compare their website with only those within their given industry. Instead, customers – whether B2B, B2B2C or B2C – compare user experiences from consumer sites with business sites, and these customers seek the same capabilities from all the sites they visit."

– Gene Alvarez, Research Vice President, Gartner, Stamford, CT, U.S.

Dr. Mark Bernstein Quotes

"Hypertext, as Nelson [Ted Nelson] originally wrote, is interlinked reading and writing. Links make hypertext."

"Hypertext is an idea. The Internet is a medium. They grow up beside each other, they influence each other, and their evolving relationship will probably provide a great story for future biographers."

"The living Web unfolds in time, and as we see each daily revelation we experience its growth as a story."

"Imitating paper isn't the goal; the goal is surpassing paper."

– Mark Bernstein, Chief Scientist, Eastgate Systems, Watertown, MA, U.S.

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

Tony Blair

Tony Blair

Stewart Brand Internet Quote

Stewart Brand Internet Quote

Jeffrey Preston Bezos Quote

"If there's one reason we [] have done better than most of our peers in the Internet space over the last six years, it is because we have focused like a laser on customer experience, and that really does matter, I think, in any business. It certainly matters online, where word of mouth is so very, very powerful."

– Jeffrey Bezos, founder and CEO,

Tony Blair Quote
(Anthony Charles Lynton Blair)

"If you don't see the Internet as an opportunity, it will become a threat. In two or three year's time, the Internet will become as commonplace in the office as the telephone."

– Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, said this in 1999

Stewart Brand Quote

"On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it's so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other."

– Stewart Brand, co-founder of Global CA, U.S., and editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog

Judge Stewart Dalzell Quote

"As the most participatory form of mass speech yet developed, the Internet deserves the highest protection from government intrusion."

– Judge Dalzell, reviewing the U.S. Federal Statute, the Communications Decency Act (CDA)

Stephen Downes Quote

"This is the most important principle of reading on the Internet: You must determine for yourself whether or not something is true."

– Stephen Downes, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Information Technology's Internet Logic Research Group, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Peter Ferdinand Drucker Quote

"The new information technology, Internet and e-mail, have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications."

– Peter Ferdinand Drucker (1909 - 2005), author who coined the concept knowledge economy.

Duane Forrester Quote

"SEO is no longer the pinnacle work that happens with a website; it is the baseline. You've got to be doing it, you've got to cover the bases, and you've got to do it well."

– Duane Forrester, March, 2013, Senior Product Manager with Bing's Webmaster Program; previously, in-house SEM running the SEO program for MSN, Redmond, Washington, U.S.A.

John Gilmore

John Gilmore